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How you do avoid being scammed by crooks

Updated on June 9, 2011

How to avoid being scammed

The best way to avoid being scammed is by calling the Better Business Bureau and checking the person or business who is trying to make a deal with you.

Never give personal information out to someone you do not know or trust.

Never give your social security number out over the phone without knowing who you are dealing with.

Never give your bank card number to someone you do not know or trust

Never sell property on a rent to own basis without checking the person's background and

going through a Realestate company,or a Lawyer.

Do not think you can draw up the paper work for the rent to own contract,as it may come back to bite you later on.

Yes it will cost you money,but you will be thankful when the renter defaults or scams another person into coming in with them and falsifies the contract.

Now the third party contacts you and asks who really owns the property.

After they have paid for a share of the property through the scam.

Guess who they are going to sue to get their money back?

You will be sued,because you have the most to loose in this lawsuit.

I know from experience,and it will cost you more then the property is worth sometimes.

Ask the person for references and what company he represents.

Tell the person you are going to call the home company and see if he is legit.

Always ask for first and last name of person you are dealing with

If it is a building contractor,always ask for their contractors license number.Then run it through your state contractor's board to see if it is legitimate.

Lawyers need to be checked to.You can do this by checking their state license also.

Very easy to check on out,just type in state licensing board on your search and you can go to your state web site from there.

If you sell e-bay products and accept checks,wait for the check to clear the bank before shipping the goods.

But by all means do not send people Western Union checks without first checking their identities and who they are working for and if they are a legitimate business..

Most scammers will back off and hang up on you if you tell them you are going to have them checked out by the Better Business Bureau or the local police.

Scams are hitting mailboxes and in-boxes,plus real people are posing as neighbors, lovers, and even real estate experts. The economic crisis has scammers busier and more creative than ever.

How to avoid being scammed

There are a number of ways to get scammed,such as;

  • e-mail
  • E-bay scams
  • Craig's list scams
  • building contractors
  • foreclosure scam
  • donation scams
  • credit card
  • fraud
  • pay this amount and receive a check for more
  • telephone
  • Internet
  • dating
  • real-estate
  • sweepstakes
  • free stuff
  • bank scams(such as do you want more insurance)
  • Car dealer scams
  • you won money
  • buy one get one free
  • mail
  • contact scams(you are beautiful,can we write each other or call)
  • Neighborhood scam
  • work at home scams
  • how to make millions with blogs
  • Just a few of the ways to be scammed out of your values.

You need to call the Better Business Bureau or the local police to check a person out.

Check the telephone number and ask for the person's name.

Ask for their company phone number or web site.


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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Appreciate the great advice being that I am, sad to admit, gullible. Just yesterday, I was almost scammed on Facebook by a 29-year old woman...I suppose she was a female by her photo...she wasn't a Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) or Hendry Gonforff (Paul Newman), for she started her con soft and sultry wanting a man like me to lead her in life, etc. Then, after my suspicions grew, she asked me to wire her $450.00 to Nigeria where she was being held by a motel for not paying her room. See ya! Funny thing here. Turns out, another gal, using the same M.O. started up with me yesterday...again, See ya. Thanks so much for looking out for me.

    • flread45 profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank 

      8 years ago from Montana

      Ye it won't happen again,that's for sure.

    • HubCrafter profile image

      HubCrafter 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Hi FL:

      Your advice is so good to hear. It sounds like you've experienced this for yourself. I hope you'll continue to share your insights in the same way...without anger or malice...but in this very thoughtful, helpful way. Thank you so much.

    • flread45 profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank 

      8 years ago from Montana

      your welcome hello hello

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      You gave us great tips to look out for and avoid being scammed. Thank you.

    • flread45 profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank 

      8 years ago from Montana

      Thanks Martycraigs for the comment and you do not have to be directly involved to be scammed as I found out.

    • martycraigs profile image

      martycraigs 

      8 years ago

      Unfortunately, some people just fall prey to scams very easily. But, they should definitely read your hub with great information on how not to be scammed! Calling the Better Business Bureau is certainly a great step, as you mention first.

      Definitely an important topic, thanks for writing about it!

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